Hakim Owiny

2021 Fellow from Uganda

Owiny Hakim has more than 14 years of experience as a community civic educator working with local Ugandan leaders to advocate for inclusive communities. He recently walked from Kampala to Nairobi to Addis Ababa to popularize the African Agenda 2063. Throughout the journey, he had civic discussions with various community groups and leaders on how youth can participate in building desirable local communities. He currently works with the International Republic Institute to implement peaceful coexistence and sustainable use of local resources between refugees and host communities in Lamwo District. He trains refugees and local government leaders in conflict analysis and peaceful conflict mediation. Owiny is a co-founder of Carry Boys' Football Club, a project that provides underprivileged children with a safe place to play and a mentor. He is leading a project to plant a 100-hectare forest in Palabek Kal in Lamwo District as a way to alleviate resource use by the South Sudan refugee population. After completing the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, Owiny plans to champion a non-profit biogas project with Silveria Uganda to bring sustainable cooking gas to rural farming families in Uganda as a long-term, low-cost alternative to charcoal and firewood.

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